My Fun Interview with Writer-Director Craig Brewer of "Footloose!"  

Writer-director Craig Brewer, the guy who gave us the gritty dramas “Hustle & Flow” and “Black Snake Moan,” decided to gallant us with his remake of the 1984 dance-a-rama, “Footloose.” The big question, why?

I sat down with the director to get some answers. And it’s interesting to note that Brewer actually asked me if I was skeptical about the project. Who isn’t?

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why remake an iconic film?
*** The lasting impact of the original
*** Can the story happen in today’s society?
*** The importance of an unknown actor playing the lead role of Ren
*** The movie is not a remake, it’s an homage to the original “Footloose”


Here's more info on "Footloose" from Yahoo:

Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Musical/Performing Arts and Remake

Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.

Release Date: October 14th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Production Co.: MTV Films, Southern Cross the Dog, Unique Features, Dylan Sellers Productions, Spyglass Entertainment Holdings, LLC, Weston Pictures, Zadan/Meron Productions, Storyline Entertainment

Studios: Paramount Pictures

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tennessee, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits

Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Produced by: Jonathan Glickman, Brad Weston, Dylan Sellers

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